South Africa: A Special Report

 By Linn Washington Jr.

North Philadelphia: Kliptown Seen From The Inside

North Philadelphia: Kliptown Seen From The Inside

South Africa, the world’s largest producer of gold, is a nation of immense natural resource wealth that helps secure it’s unrivaled position as the richest and most developed country on the African continent. However, South Africa has an unenviable distinction: the highest income inequality in the world.

 

 By Nicholas A. Cutrona

Social Media for The Congress of South African Trade Unions

In post apartheid South Africa there is a major focus on access. Citizens should have access to the resources they need and to the people and organizations who can provide them. But, as a new generation flocks to social media for news and updates on government affairs, it becomes a necessity to communicate through new media. 

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Highlights of the Graffiti Around Johannesburg

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Dal East ‘Creature’ in Maboneng, Johannesburg

 

Camo Erase mural in Newtown, Johannesburg

 

Love mural, unknown artist Murals and assorted tags in Troyeville Johannesburg

 

Unknown artist mural in Troyeville, Johannesburg

 

Decor tags, Tapz DS crew tag, Falko Tag in Troyeville, Johannesburg

 

Assorted tags artists unknown in Troyeville, Johannesburg

 

 

 

 

The South African Wealth Gap: Post-apartheid Inequalities

The South African Wealth Gap: Post-apartheid Inequalities

The World Bank’s development indicators say South Africa has one of the highest levels of income inequality in the world. A small ten percent of the population control the majority of the nation’s income.  After apartheid was abolished in 1994, the African National Congress made some strides towards fixing the injustices of the past.  However, those injustices are still lingering in the form of an unemployment rate of 25.60 percent and an inadequate educational system. 

 By Tasia N. Morgan and Dominique M. Spooner

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

The historic scarcity of work opportunities, resultant chronic high unemployment coupled with apartheid-era laws sparked an entrepreneurial spirit among many South Africans as a means of survival. Today, within townships such as Alexandra and Kliptown, many residents engage in what’s called the ‘informal economy.’ At the South African Institute of Race Relations, a team of researchers examine evolving trends such as the informal job market. 

 By Andrew Meloney

Rasty – A Profile of One of Johannesburg’s Graffiti Artists

Rasty is one of Johannesburg’s established graffiti artists. He talks about what got him into this art form and the future it has in Johannesburg with Andrew Meloney, who captured this interview using iPod Touch technology. 

 By Tasia N. Morgan

Lesedi La Batho Daycare Center Uplifts Community

Lesedi La Batho Daycare Center Uplifts Community

A special daycare center, located 16-miles north of Pretoria, South Africa, opened in 2011. This center in Mabopane, operated by Lesedi La Batho, not only provides childcare but also aims to empower and motivate local youth and the community. The center gives young mothers free services, teaches new mothers about proper baby care and health care, and provides jobs to community members seeking employment. 

 By Tasia N. Morgan and Allison Clarke

Crisis in South Africa: Rape

Crisis in South Africa: Rape

Every six minutes a woman is raped in South Africa.  In an effort to stop the silence surrounding the crime of rape, those such as activist/performance artist Tapuwa Moore and rape survivor Mamphiwa Seema are speaking up. They hope to give rape victims the courage to move beyond the stigma to bring much needed attention to this national crisis. 

 By Naveed Ahsan

Johannesburg’s Emerging Graffiti Culture

Johannesburg’s Emerging Graffiti Culture

Graffiti as a form of urban regeneration?

What…well, Johannesburg does things differently.

“The city realizes that (graffiti) is a part of the city and that it needs to be incorporated in some way,” Rasty, one of premier graffiti artists in Johannesburg, said. 

 By Isaac Riddle

Gay and Lesbian South Africans Fight for Cultural Acceptance

Gay and Lesbian South Africans Fight for Cultural Acceptance

Asanda Madosi was 21 years old when he told his mother he was gay.  “My mother saw pictures of me in makeup and called me to tell me that we needed to talk,” said Madosi.  “My mom was very distraught when I came out, she feared for my safety.”

Three years have passed since that conversation with his mother. 

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